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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale April 11, 2013

By Tom Neale - Published April 11, 2013 - Viewed 567 times

General Announcements

This message has been sent by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2013

CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION GEARS UP FOR BUSY RECREATIONAL FISHING AND BOATING SEASON ALONG THE JERSEY SHORE; LAST OF RECREATIONAL USE ADVISORIES LIFTED FOR RARITAN BAY

(13/P34) TRENTON — With recreational fishing and boating season getting into gear, the Christie Administration today released a "Jersey Shore Open for Boating" fact sheet and flier to educate the public on having a safe time on the water.

"Governor Christie and I are committed to ensuring that our coastal communities are open for tourism and recreation this season after all our state has been through because of Superstorm Sandy" said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin.

"We have come a long way. Marinas and charter fishing operations are gearing up for the season , and water quality is excellent," Commissioner Martin said. "We want everyone to know that New Jersey's waterways are open for your enjoyment. We just ask you to use common sense and caution as cleanup continues."

"The waterways in some areas may be very different than before Superstorm Sandy, and boaters need to be aware of obstacles and adjust their speed accordingly for safety," said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. "Everyone is reminded to be mindful of their surroundings and always follow commonsense measures, such as wearing personal flotation devices.

"The companies cleaning up the coast are doing a great job. The Governor is on top of it," said Fred Brueggemann, incoming president of the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey. "We know that Barnegat Bay has been a priority of his since he took office long before the storm.

We look forward to working with the DEP and DOT to ensure a wonderful boating season."

The DEP continues to monitor water quality along the entire coastline, with all test results meeting recreational use standards. The DEP recently lifted the recreational fishing and boating advisory in place for Raritan Bay since Superstorm Sandy hit at the end of October. As a result, all recreational use advisories have now been lifted across the state.

The DEP will continue to work with the New Jersey Department of Health as well as county and local health agencies to ensure protection of water quality and the safety of the public now and into the summer season. Recreational bathing beaches will be thoroughly monitored, with any closings posted on the DEP's website at www.njbeaches.org

State contractors under the direction of the DEP have been focusing on removing debris from bays, channels, rivers, inlets and other coastal waters since the beginning of March, removing pieces of structures, docks, bulkheads, boats, and cars. Priority is being given to areas that pose a threat to public safety and the environment or impede navigation.

The DEP is working with the NJ Department of Transportation, the Marine Services Bureau of the State Police, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and municipalities to assess boating safety as cleanup progresses.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has been doing sonar surveys and marking areas where debris is to be removed from state navigation channels. The Army Corps of Engineers has also been working on clearing the Intracoastal Waterway of debris.

"Our focus during waterway debris removal remains on public safety," Commissioner Martin said. "While this work is ongoing, it is imperative that boaters be particularly attentive while out on the water."

Boaters should travel at slower speeds, always wear personal flotation devices and stay tuned to Channel 16 for public safety alerts. They are advised that some navigation channels may have shifted or become shoaled. Anyone observing floating or submerged debris should report this to the DEP at 1-877-WARNDEP.

Contact: Lawrence Hajna (609) 984-1795
             Lawrence Ragonese (609) 292-2994
             Bob Considine (609) 984-1795

To view the flier and fact sheet visit:
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/docs/waterways-open-boater-flyer.pdf and
http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/docs/faq-boaters.pdf.

For more information on the waterway debris removal effort, visit:
http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/wwdebris.htm. Follow on
Twitter: @NJBeachReport.

Sandy Debris Reminder from USCG:
            Mariners and all waterway users are reminded that Hurricane SANDY resulted in massive amounts of both floatable debris and submerged hazards to navigations in the offshore and inland waterways of New York and New Jersey. Much of this debris will remain in offshore areas as it gradually moves shoreward. Mariners are urged to navigate with caution in these waterways and report any hazard to navigation or debris fields to the Coast Guard. (5th District LNM Week 13/2013)*

*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.

Adding to the Confusion About MRASS:
Prepared by the Office of Coast Survey
National Ocean Service,
NOAA - www.NauticalCharts.NOAA.gov
1-301-713-2770
New Fog Signals
            The USA uses sound signals as hazard warnings and to assist in identifying lateral aids to navigation. Traditionally, sound signals were automatically activated by an electronic fog detector or by wave action.
            The US Coast Guard is replacing many fog detectors with Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signals (MRASS) or Remote Radio Activated Sound Signals (RRASS). With MRASS, the mariner has to key his/her VHF-FM radio microphone a specific number of times on a specific frequency to activate the sound signal for 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes. With Remote Radio Activated Sound Signals (RRASS), the mariner uses VHF-FM Radio Channel 16 to verbally request the activation of the sound signal.
            NOAA is considering a new charting practice to indicate a MRASS or RRASS. One possibility would be to add (RA) for "Radio Activated" to be used with a chart note referring the user to the Light List. Another possibility would be to refer to the note in a label such as "Siren (see Note C)." A third possibility would be to chart a note referring mariners to the Light List.
            All solutions have some drawbacks. Most mariners would be unfamiliar with these types of signal activation and the acronyms used. Not all mariners carry a List of Lights or Sailing Directions. Chart clutter is a potential problem. Finally, there is no attribute for MRASS or RRASS in S-57. Submit your ideas on best the way to chart the new fog signals to Robert.Heeley@noaa.gov. (5th District LNM Week 14/2013)

Lat/Long Positions in Alerts:
            Lat/Long positions derived from Google Earth will be given for significant places in the Alerts, such as bridge locations. These will be in italics, and in the following format: (xx.xxxxxx°-xx.xxxxxx°) for locations new with this alert. Where a Lat/Long position is copied from a USCG Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) or from the Light Lists, it will be in whatever format the Coast Guard has used which varies between districts and LNM and Light List writers, and will be in plain text, rather than italics. Some positions are approximate. We do not provide this information for navigational purposes and it should not be used as such.

USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida

Skidaway Island Hazard:
            The Coast Guard received a report of a steel pile located approximately 20ft away from Skidaway Island LT 25 (LLNR 5710) (31-59-12.737N, 081-00-16.651W) towards the shoreline. The remains of the pile is approximately 1ft below the waterline at low tide. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 14/2013)

Survey Ops off Jacksonville:
            The Research Vessel STRAIT HUNTER will be conducting Survey Operations from the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville Beach, Florida into the southern approach of the St. Johns River Entrance (30.392638° -81.361987°) on Monday, March 18, 2013 to Thursday, April 18, 2013. There will be submerged and floating cable lines associated with survey operation. The vessel will have limited maneuverability while towing survey equipment up to 1600 yards astern. All vessels within a two mile radius of the Research Vessel should contact the R/V STRAIT HUNTER on VHF-FM channel 16. Operations will be conducted (24) hours a day, (7) days a week. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution while in the vicinity of the R/V. (7th District LNM Week 12/2013)

Construction, Barge Activity, Jacksonville AICW Area:
            Harry Pepper & Associates, a division of EMCOR will be transporting sandy material on or about April 1, 2013 in the Jacksonville, Florida Intracoastal Waterway area from approximately Kingsley Creek Cut DBN 18 (LLNR 30835) (30-36-34.560N, 081-28-47.880W) to approximately Sawpit Creek LT 48 (LLNR 38185) (30-30-31.920N, 081-28-14.520W). This is a construction Project on Crane Island. Operations will be daylight hours only 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The Tug "WICHITA" will service the three barges in rotation. One spud barge will be stationary at Crane Island with a conveyor and an excavator. The 3 transport barges will be in rotation (loading/hauling/unloading). The barges will monitor VHF channels 13 & 16. For further questions contact the HPA loading & unloading Site Supt Stump Lightsey (850) 288-9076 or Mobro Marine barge company contact Neal Corrado (904) 284-9670. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM Week 11/2013)

Derelict Vessel Removal, Lake George:
            Southland development Inc will be removing 5 derelict vessels for Clay County from the area known as Muddy Cove in Lake George (29.304441°-81.600364°), Florida. There will be some temporary piling installed to secure the turbidity barrier around the derelict vessels being removed. All piling and turbidity curtains will be removed daily and caution buoys will be deployed at any area that depicts a temporary navigation hazard. There will be a crane barge with a lattice crane and a material barge onsite. The project is scheduled to begin April 9 and is expected to be completed by April 23, 2013. The Project POC is Mr. Wayne Konga (727) 237-1520. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM Week 15/2013)

GA DNR Buoy Offshore, Florida:
            The Coast Guard received a report of a yellow and white Georgia DNR Buoy floating in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 3/4 mile of Crescent Beach, Florida. The approximate coordinates are 29°46'11.6068N/81°14'7.2828W. The Buoy appears to be grounded but could shift with seas. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting this area. (7th District LNM Week 15/2013)

Beach Renourishment, Fort Pierce:
            Placement of sand related to renourishment of 1.3 miles of critically eroded shoreline located immediately south of Fort Pierce Inlet (27.468674°-80.289572°) to begin April 12 and completed approximately May 30, 2013. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and to monitor VHF Channels 13/16 when transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 15/2013)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
            April 10, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.67 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.61 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 5.81 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route) (26°47'0.61"N, 26°47'0.61"N) You can usually check the daily lake level and navigational depths at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html

Lake Worth Hazard to Navigation:
            Lake Worth Inlet LT 11 (LLNR 10245) is destroyed with the remains of the wreckage 3ft below the water at high tide. A TRLB "WR11" with Fl Q G characteristics is set in position 26-46-07.674N 080-02-40.216W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 14/2013)

Navy Ops off Port Everglades:
            The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting Range Operations offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida (26.085396°-80.097828°). The M/V Richard L. Becker operated by Tow Boat US will be deploying and recovering subsurface buoys in the water immediately southeast of Port Everglades Inlet. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0700hrs 19 APRIL to 1800hrs on 29 APRIL, 2013. The M/V Richard L. Becker will be deploying submerged buoys approximately 200' from surface. The buoys will be moored in 450 feet of water approximately 2.1 NM off shore, and 1 NM south of the Port Everglades Inlet. They will be left in the water overnight. They will be recovered NLT 29 APRIL, 2013. All vessels are asked to stay well clear of the M/V Becker during deployment and recovery operations. (7th District LNM Week 15/2013)
            The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting surface and submerged maneuvers in the water immediately southeast of Port Everglades Inlet (26.085396°-80.097828°). The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0000hrs 19 APRIL to 1600hrs on 29 APRIL, 2013. The vessel will be working between 60 feet of water approximately 3/4 NM to 4 NM offshore and from 1/2 NM south of the Port Everglades Inlet to 2.5 miles south of the Port Everglades Inlet. The naval asset will have restricted maneuverability. All vessels are to stay well clear of the naval vessel. Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) and TowBoatUS small craft will provide escort for the naval ship while operating on the surface. Ships entering PEV are requested to enter from the northeast thereby avoiding the waters south of the channel. To allow for safe vessel operations all vessel traffic transiting the area is requested to stay 5 NM east of PEV. (7th District LNM Week 15/2013)

Dania Cutoff Canal Dredging Update:
            Lucas Marine Acquisition Company has completed deepening the channel in the Dania Cutoff Canal (26.063941°-80.116356°) in Broward County. There are no channel restrictions and navigation will not be impacted. The turbidity barriers will remain on site until complete demobilization at the end of April 2013. On April 9, 2013 dredging for G&G Shipping Terminal will begin in the canal next to their seawall. The dredge "JAY CASHMAN" will monitor VHF channels 13, 16 and 67. Operations will be during daylight hours only. The approximate completion date of project is April 12, 2013. Project POC is Mr. Bruce Wood (781) 630-0611. (7th District LNM Week 15/2013)

Sunny Isles Beach Pier Demolition/Construction:
            Shoreline Foundation Inc will commence Demolition & Construction of Newport Fishing Pier Work at Pier Park-16501 North Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach Florida (25.929928°-80.119444°). The Demolition and Construction work in the ocean will begin tentatively from April 23rd, 2012 and will continue until approximately May 25th, 2013, including Saturdays & Sundays. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting close to this area. Project POC: Mr. Jawaid Karamat, Project Manager, Shoreline Foundation Inc (Cell) 954-325-7082 (Office) 954-985-0460 or Joel Wadsworth, Project Manager, Calvin Giordano & Associates, Inc. (Cell) 305-986-9214 (Office)954-921-7781. (7th District LNM Week 14/2013)

Gulf of Mexico Wave Glider Buoy:
            The National Data Buoy Center is deploying a Wave Glider buoy in the Gulf of Mexico on April 1, 2013. The wave glider is approx 6 feet long x 2 feet wide, displays little freeboard above the surface, the hull is painted with a red anti-fouling coating. The glider has a single mast extending approximately 3 feet above the surface and at night displays an all-round white light. The glider propels through the water via a multi fin system that is actuated by waves. NDBC Mission Control Center located at Stennis Space Center, MS controls the wave gliders movement via remote operation. The glider is intended to operate within a 10NM radius of the following position: 27-24.069N, 085-40.427W. This approx position is 157NM west of Sarasota, FL and 136NM south of Cape San Blas, Florida. The glider is intended to remain in this operating area for an indefinite period. Mariners are to avoid close proximity, or any other interference of the buoy's data gathering function. (7th District LNM Week 14/2013)

Crystal River Algae Removal:
            Save Crystal River Inc. will commence mechanical harvesting and hand removal of Lyngbya and filamentous algae from the submerged lands in Crystal River, Kings Bay (28.891036° -82.603767°), and its tributaries on April 12, 2013. As many as three machines will be in operation at any time. The harvesters are slow moving paddle wheel vessels that are restricted in their ability to maneuver and will be using FM-VHF Channel 69 as a working frequency. Operations are expected to continue until April 2014. Project POC: Capt Robert Mercer, President of Save Crystal River Inc. (Work) 352-795-7122 (Cell) 913-963-7122. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting in the vicinity of the harvesters. (7th District LNM Week 15/2013)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 15/2013:
            NOTE: Information new with this alert is in bold. There are many on-going projects lasting sometimes for years. You can "Search" a bridge name for previous East Coast Alerts that may contain information that is still current. Bridges that have vertical height reduced (or other severe restriction) will remain on this list until the restriction is removed.
            Grand Avenue Bridge, Ortega River: Superior Construction is repairing the Grand Ave (SR 211), across Ortega River (30.280208° -81.705525°) mile 0.3, Duval County, Florida. From 8:00 a.m. on April 29 through 5:00 p.m. on May 10, 2013, the Grand Avenue Bridge will be on a single-leaf opening schedule. No double-leaf opening will be available throughout this time.
            SR 312 Bridge (AICW Mile 780.0): The Coast Guard Bridge Branch has approved a vertical clearance reduction of four foot reducing the vertical clearance to 61 feet for one half of the navigable channel at the SR 312 Bridge (29.862672° -81.309784°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 780.0, Lake City (St. Augustine), St John’s County, Florida, through August, 2013.
            Crescent Beach Bridge (AICW Mile 788.6): Quinn Construction will be working on the Crescent Beach Bridge (29.768299°-81.258256°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 788.6, Crescent Beach, St. Johns County, Florida from January 7 through August 31, 2013.
            Addison Point Bridge (AICW Mile  885):
Royal Bridge Incorporated has advised the Coast Guard that they will be painting the NASA Parkway/Addison Point/SR 405 Bridge (28.527151° -80.765469°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 885, Canaveral, Florida from March 4 to May 4, 2013. The bascule portion of the span will be placed in the open to navigation position during this project and will not affect navigation. NASA, the bridge owner, has advised that they will be scheduling work on this bridge that may require single-leaf operations from Monday 13 May through Tuesday 2 July 2013. The details for double-leaf openings will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners.
            Jupiter CR 707 Bridge: Due to repairs the Jupiter Lighthouse/CR 707/S Beach Road Bridge (26.952203° -80.078845°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Jupiter, Florida will be allowed to open a single-leaf on demand. A double-leaf is available on demand if requested. To assist the contractor it is recommended that vessels requiring a double-leaf opening contact the bridge tender via VHF-FM channel 9 or call 561-746-4261, two hours prior to passing through this location. This work is ongoing and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2013.
            Flagler Memorial Bridge (AICW Mile 1021.8): Bridge Construction/Waterway Restriction/Temporary Bridge Regulation Changes. The Florida Department of Transportation will be engaged with the emergency repairs of the existing Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718169° -80.047089°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1021.8, Palm Beach, Florida, starting in April 2013. In order to complete these repairs, waterway restrictions caused by construction equipment at the bridge may limit horizontal navigational clearance to 35 feet at night and 70 feet during the day. Night time restrictions will limit horizontal clearance to 35 feet between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. daily for up to three months. A 70 foot horizontal clearance will be made available with a three hour notice to the ON-SCENE TUG. Daytime restrictions will limit horizontal clearance to 70 feet between the hours of 6:01 a.m. and 8:59 p.m. daily for up to three months. A temporary waterway restriction limiting horizontal clearance to 70 feet will remain in effect at the existing Flagler Memorial Bridge until the replacement bridge is complete. Mariners are advised that changes to navigational clearance may be necessary as repair conditions develop.
            The temporary regulations for the Flagler Memorial and Royal Park Bridges will remain as follows: Flagler Memorial Bridge schedule will remain on the quarter hour and three-quarter hour except that from 8:16 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 5:14 p.m., The Royal Park Bridge will remain on the hour and hour-hour schedule except that from 8:01 a.m. to 8:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:29 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation, Monday through Friday until the repairs are completed on the Flagler Memorial Bridge.
            Due to the unusual circumstances associated with the bridge structure, the bridge owner has requested an emergency back-up plan in case the repairs are unable to be accomplished as anticipated. If the Flagler Memorial Bridge malfunctions and is left in the open to navigation position, the Royal Park and Southern Boulevard Bridges will be placed on restricted schedules to accommodate increased vehicular traffic. If an emergency occurs, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter after the hour, except that from 8:16 a.m. to 10:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 8:31 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. Additional waterway restrictions will be promulgated once the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction commences.
            Lantana Bridge: GLF Construction Corporation has advised this office that the demolition and replacement of the East Ocean Avenue Bridge (26.583375°-80.046117°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Lantana, Palm Beach County, Florida will start on March 20, 2012 and will continue until April 16, 2013.
            From March 15 through April 30, 2013, a work barge will be in the AICW which will only allow 72 feet of horizontal clearance. If your vessel needs more than 37 feet of horizontal clearance for safe passage, please provide GLF a one hour notice by contacting the tug "Miss Thelma" on marine channel 16. The contractor may have a barge in the waterway from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday between these dates. The contractor has proposed the following during the construction of the west leaf.
            This schedule will be repeated during the construction of the second leaf. Mariners can provide comment to this proposal by sending them to michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil.
            From April 1 through April 30, 2013, a work barge will be in the AICW which will only allow 62 feet of horizontal clearance. If your vessel needs more than 62 feet of horizontal clearance for safe passage, please provide GLF a twenty four hour notice by contacting the tug "Miss Thelma" on marine channel 16 or by calling (954) 829-2781. The contractor may have a barge in the waterway from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday between these dates.
            Ocean Avenue Bridge, Boca Raton Inlet: Due to an inspection of the Ocean Boulevard (SR A1A) Bridge (26.335251° -80.072247°), Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida, this bridge will be allowed to open on the top of the hour and bottom of the hour from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting April 24 through April 26, 2013. The contractor will have a snooper bucket on the structure which will lower the vertical clearance. This vehicle can be moved if at least 10 minutes of advance notice is provided to the bridge tender.
            East Sunrise and East Las Olas Bridges: The East Sunrise Boulevard  (26.137580° -80.108141°) and East Las Olas Bridges (26.119285° -80.109001°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1062.6 and 1064.0, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be allowed to not open to navigation from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, 2013 to facilitate the vehicle traffic flow at the conclusion of the Fort Lauderdale Air Show. Vessels that may pass under the bridges without an opening may do so at any time.
            Broad Causeway Bridge Repair (Update): Seacoast Incorporated working for the Town of Bay Harbor will be rehabilitating the Broad Causeway (125th Street) Bridge (25.887207° -80.142448°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1081.4, Bay Harbor Islands, Miami-Dade County, Florida. The Coast Guard has approved single-leaf operations with a three hour notice for a double-leaf opening at this location. The new start date is April 1, 2013 with a completion date of October 2013. The majority of the work will be performed at night between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.; however some daytime work will be scheduled. The contractor has indicated that they may be working a few weekends.
            Circus Bridge (GIWW Mile 54.9): Update — the contractor has advised the Coast Guard that the required equipment to perform this task has not arrived. The contractor has been assured by the equipment company that it will arrive on site in mid-May 2013. The information below will be updated as soon as the equipment is received and the contractor provides the updated dates. Due to bridge repairs the SR 45/S Venice Dual Airport Bridges/Circus Bridge (27.078592° -82.430417°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 54.9, Venice, Florida will be placed on single-leaf operations pending mid-May 2013. These temporary restrictions are necessary to change out hydraulic equipment.

USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina

NJ Bridge Construction/Repairs:
            Mariners are advised to take caution when approaching the construction site for the repairs of the superstructure and piles on the JFK Memorial Bridge (39.315156°-74.528436°) over Risley Channel, at mile 1.1, Borough of Longport, NJ. The bridge will be under repair using occasional barges, snooper cranes and safety netting restricting access and reducing vertical clearance to 20 feet for half of the horizontal clearance of the channel (50 feet) from March 1, 2013 through November 30, 2013. The remaining portion of the navigable channel shall remain open to vessels with a horizontal clearance of 50 and vertical clearance of 25 feet. (5th District LNM Week 03/2013)
            Mariners are advised to take caution when approaching the construction site for the repairs of the superstructure and piles on the Route 9, Garden State Parkway bridge over Great Egg Harbor and Drag Channel, Mile 3.5, (39.294539° -74.621566°) Somers Point, Atlantic County, NJ. The bridges continue to be under repair using occasional barges and snooper cranes through December 31, 2013. The navigable channel shall remain open to vessels until further notice. (5th District LNM Week 12/2013)
            Mariners are advised that work continues at the Route 88 Bridge (40.083099° -74.066911°) in the Point Pleasant Canal in Point Pleasant, NJ. A barge will be on site with winch cables attached to the pilings on the west side of the canal. Work will continue for approximately 5 weeks. During this time the barge and winch cables will be obstructing part of the channel. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area and pay special attention to the cables associated with the construction activities. (5th District LNM Week 13/2013)

Bear Creek Bridge, Baltimore, Reduced Vertical Clearance:
            Mariners are advised that bridge painting will be performed from April 18, 2013 through October 1, 2013 at the I-695 Bridge (39.236591° -76.498052°), at mile 1.3, across Bear Creek, between Broening Highway and Peninsula Expressway, MD. To facilitate the painting on the bridge a decking platform will reduce the available vertical clearance approximately to 52 feet, above MHW. A 200-foot spud barge will be used in navigable water; however, no work will interfere with navigation of the waterway. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 12/2013)

GPS Chesapeake Bay Testing, May be Unreliable:
1. The GPS navigation signal may be unreliable due to testing on GPS frequencies used by shipboard navigation and handheld systems that rely on GPS, such as E-911, AIS and DCS, may be affected at an approximate testing center point of 38-15.684N, 076-28.202W (vicinity of Patuxent Naval Air Station), with a possible impact radius of 14.35 NM from center point.
2. GPS testing is scheduled to be conducted as follows:
D. 08 - 12 April 2013 from 1300Z - 2000Z.
E. 15 - 19 April 2013 from 1300Z - 2000Z.
3. More information is available at the Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) web site WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV. During this period GPS users are encouraged to report any GPS service outages that they may experience to the Navigation Information Service (NIS) by calling (703) 313-5900 or by using the NAVCEN web site to submit a GPS report. (Fifth District LNM Week 11/2013)

VIP Shoaling:
Shoaling has been reported as follows:
A. VIP Daybeacon 6 (LLNR 5547) (37-53-21.804N, 075-27-19.302W) to VIP Lighted Buoy 7(LLNR 5610) to a depth of less than 2.0 ft. MLW.
B. VIP Daybeacon 21 (LLNR 5655) to VIP Buoy 59 (LLNR 5777) to a depth of less than 2.0 ft. MLW.
C. VIP Daybeacon 115 (LLNR 5970) to VIP Daybeacon 116 (LLNR 5975) to a depth of less than 1.0 ft. MLW.
D. VIP Daybeacon 119 (LLNR 5985) to VIP Daybeacon 121 (LLNR 5990) to a depth of less than 1.0 ft. MLW.
E. VIP Daybeacon 122 (LLNR 5995) to VIP Light 126 (LLNR 6015) (37-35-57.297N, 075-41-03.295W) to a depth of less than 3.0 ft. MLW.
F. VIP Light 147 (LLNR 6090) to VIP Daybeacon 152 (LLNR 6110) to a depth of less than 2.0 ft. MLW.
G. VIP Light 160 (LLNR 6145) to VIP Daybeacon 161 (LLNR 6150) to a depth of less than 1.0 ft. MLW.
H. VIP Daybeacon 178 (LLNR 6205) to North Channel Junction Light NC (LLNR 68750) to a depth of less than 1.0 ft. MLW.
I. VIP Daybeacon 214(LLNR 6350) to VIP Lighted Buoy 226 (LLNR 6420) to a depth of less than 1.0 ft. MLW.
J. VIP Light 248 (LLNR 6510) to VIP Daybeacon 250 (LLNR 6525) to a depth of less than 2.0 ft. MLW.
K. Quinby Creek Lighted Buoy 9 (LLNR 6776) to Quinby Creek Light 13 (LLNR 6785) to a depth of less than 2.0 ft. MLW.
L. Sinepuxent Bay Channel Buoy 29 (LLNR 5120) to Sinepuxent Bay Channel Daybeacon 35 (LLNR 5135) (38-11-05.502N, 075-12-53.064W) to a depth of less than 2.0 ft. MLW. (5th District LNM Week 15/2013)

Fishermans Island Bridges Reduced Vertical Clearance:
            Mariners are advised that bridge maintenance work (cleaning, painting and steel repairs) continues at the US 13 Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. To facilitate the work extension, the available vertical clearances for the underside of the Fishermans Island Inlet Bridges (37.110312° -75.970480°) are reduced by three feet (40 feet to 37 feet above mean high water) through May 31, 2013. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. 5th District LNM Week 11/2013)

Wallops Island Bridge, Reduced Vertical Clearance:
            Mariners are advised that bridge repairs will be performed from June 1, 2013 through December 1, 2013 at the Wallops Island Bridge (37.850101° -75.490226°) across Cats Creek, at mile 1.0, Accomack County, VA. To facilitate the work on the bridge a decking platform will reduce the available vertical clearance approximately to 33 feet, above MHW. We are also advising mariners to use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 12/2013)

Final Schedule Change at Berkley Bridge, Eastern Branch, Elizabeth River (NOT on the AICW):
            Effective April 19, 2013, the Coast Guard is adopting the interim drawbridge rule published in August 2012, as a final rule, for the operating schedule that governs the Berkley Bridge (I-264) ((36.841417°-76.286277°), at mile 0.4, across the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, VA. This rule allows only four scheduled bridge openings during the day, and is necessary to alleviate heavy vehicular traffic delays throughout the day and secondary congestion during the afternoon rush hour, while still providing for the reasonable needs of navigation. The draw of the bridge will continue to open on signal to vessels between the hours at 9-9:30 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m., 1-1:30 p.m. and 2:30-2:50 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. A copy of Public Notice 5-1295, which describes the changes in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6557 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. (5th District LNM Week 14/2013)

Centerville Turnpike Bridge (AICW Mile 15.2) Restricted Opening Schedule:
            Mariners are advised that structural repairs are scheduled at the Centerville Turnpike (SR170) Bridge (36.723169°-76.186677°), at AICW mile 15.2, across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, in Chesapeake, VA beginning at 9 a.m., on Saturday, April 27, 2013 and ending at 6 p.m., on Sunday, April 28, 2013.  To facilitate repairs, the drawbridge will open on signal every three hours on the following schedule: on Saturday, April 27th at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. (noon), 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m., and on Sunday, April 28th at 12 a.m. (midnight), 3 a.m., 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m. (noon), 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.; will open on signal for hazardous material vessels with a one-hour advance notice by calling (757-547-3632); and will open for an emergency as soon as safely possible.  In case of inclement weather, the alternate dates will be rescheduled to weekend of May 4 and May 5, 2013.  At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(i).  In the closed position to vessels, this swing-type drawbridge provides a vertical clearance of approximately four feet, above mean high water.  Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 14/2013)

Bonner Bridge Work Continues:
            Mariners are advised that work will continue for bridge scour protection measures at the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (35.771117° -75.536274°) across Oregon Inlet, at mile 0.9 in Dare County, NC. An anchored lighted construction barge will be installing rock filled wire baskets and sand bags on the inlet bottom between bridge bents 158-162 on the east and west side of the bridge through April 30, 2013 outside the navigable channel. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 14/2013)

Oregon Inlet Shoaling:
            An ACOE survey indicates shoaling to a depth of less than 4.0 feet MLW between Oregon Inlet Channel Buoy 25 (LLNR 28080) (35-46-39.744N, 075-33-05.865W) and Oregon Inlet Channel Lighted Buoy 27 (LLNR 28085). (5th District LNM Week 14/2013)

NC AICW Bridge Work:
            NOTE: While most of this is old news, we keep it active because it will affect Snowbirds on the trip north:
Wrightsville Beach Bridge (AICW mile 283.1) Continued Nighttime Closure, Reduced Vertical Clearance:
            Mariners are advised that the S.R. 74 Bridge (34.216103° -77.812750°) at AIWW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC will be closed to navigation each night, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., on April 16, 2013 through March 1, 2014; except, vessel openings will be provided if at least two hours advance notice is given to the bridge tender at (910) 256-4519 or via marine radio on channel 13 VHF.  At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.821(a)(4). In addition, a containment system is positioned under the draw span until July 27, 2013 reducing the available vertical clearance to approximately 18 feet above MHW.  Vessels that can pass under the drawbridge without an opening may do so at all times and the drawbridge will be able to open in an emergency. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (Fifth District Bridge Branch)*
Snows Cut:
            Bridge fender repairs will be in progress from December 20, 2012 until October 31, 2013 on the US 421 Fixed Bridge (Snows Cut)(34.055532° -77.899558°) at mile 295.6 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. To facilitate repairs a crane barge will reduce the available horizontal clearance in the navigable channel from 100 feet to 60 feet. A one hour advance notice is required to remove the barge from the channel for vessels requiring greater than 50 feet horizontal clearance to safely navigate through the bridge. The work supervisor can be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 or 16 to arrange removal of the barge from the channel. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution at slow no wake speeds. For any comments or questions, contact the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management, (252) 247-4525, or at joseph.m.edge@uscg.mil (5th District LNM 49)
        Mariners are advised that structural repairs will continue at the Snows Cut Bridge on US 421 at AIWW mile 295.7 (34.055532° -77.899558°) at Carolina Beach, NC through 5 p.m., on April 30, 2013.  To facilitate repairs, a work platform will be installed and the available vertical clearance for the underside of the bridge will be temporarily reduced by four feet to 61 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (Fifth District Bridge Branch)
Oak Island Bridge:
1. Bridge fender repairs on the NC 133 Fixed Bridge (33.920022° -78.073379°) at mile 311.8 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Oak Island, North Carolina have been extended until June 15, 2013.
2. To facilitate repairs a crane barge will reduce the available horizontal clearance in the navigable channel from 90 feet to 50 feet. A one hour advance notice is required to remove the barge from the channel for vessels requiring greater than 50 feet horizontal clearance to safely navigate through the bridge. The work supervisor can be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 or 16 to arrange removal of the barge from the channel.
3. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution at slow no wake speeds.
4. For any comments or questions, contact the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management, (252) 247-4525, or at
Joseph.M.Edge@uscg.mil (5th District LNM Week 09/2013)

Equipment in AICW for Kure Beach Dredging:
            Starting 26 March, 2013 and continuing until 20 May, 2013, WEEKS MARINE will have tugs, barges and floating pipeline along the east side of the AICW channel between New River-Cape Fear River Daybeacon 159 (LLNR 39750) (34-03-50.348N, 077-53-16.522W) and New River-Cape Fear River Buoy 155A (LLNR 39735). Equipment is in conjunction with the Carolina Beach/Kure Beach dredging/beach nourishment project. The tugs will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels. (5th District LNM Week 13/2013)

Snows Cut Dredging:
            The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations in the AICW at Snows Cut (34.056703°-77.894970°) from 19 February until 30 April, 2013. A floating and submerged pipeline will run along the AICW channel to the Carolina Beach Disposal Area. The dredge and assisting vessels MISS LEANNE and PROUD MARY will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge and if necessary to clarify a SAFE PASSAGE contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels. (5th District LNM Week 08/2013). NOTE: This is an extremely narrow cut with very strong current.

USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey

Shoaling in Green Harbor, Maine:
            Green Harbor Entrance channel has endured multiple storms and has sustained significant shoaling since 2011. Mariners should use extreme caution while transiting the Green Harbor Entrance Channel. The 100 foot channel width has been drastically reduced by recent storms. Mariners are strongly encouraged to AVOID transiting this area 2 hours before Low tide and 2 hours after Low tide. Astronomically Low or Flood tides will have even a greater effect in this area. Maintenance Dredging of the Channel is planned for Late May of 2013. (First District LNM Week 15/2013)

Surveys in Maine Waters:
            Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey Inc will be conducting geophysical survey and benthic sampling operations from approximately April 20th through July 10th 2013. These surveys will be conducted in three main areas:
1. One survey will be conducted along two predefined routes extending from the inner Boothbay harbor area out to three blocks approximately 22km offshore Maine.
2. A second survey area is situated between Isleboro and North Haven Islands (off the coast of Camden, Maine).
3. The third survey area is located between Vinalhaven and Matinicus islands.
            Operations will be conducted from the RV Shearwater — a 110ft blue and white trimaran, which will be operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The vessels captain will monitor Channel 16. Geophysical survey equipment will be towed behind the vessel and maneuverability of the vessel will be restricted. Please note that some of the equipment will be towed subsurface at a distance of up to 1300ft behind the vessel, Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting near the survey vessel. (First District LNM Week 15/2013)

RNA at Waldo-Hancock Bridge:
            The Coast Guard is enforcing a regulated navigation area within a 300 yard radius of position 44-33.5N, 068-48.1W at the center of the Waldo-Hancock Bridge. All mariners are required to transit this area at no wake speed, not to exceed 5 knots. In addition to the regulated navigation area, all persons and vessels are prohibited from approaching construction barges and equipment which will be located at various locations in and around the channel within 75 yards unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port. The purpose of this restriction is to prohibit entry into the area where hot work and heavy-lift operations will be conducted. Channel closures, necessary at various times during demolition, will be announced via Broadcast Notice to Mariners. This regulated navigation area is in effect until July 1, 2013. (First District LNM Week 14/2013)

Dredging, New Bedford, MA:
            Dredging is being done northeast of the Route 6 Bridge and from Gifford Street Channel west of Palmer's Island (41.626299° -70.912345°) to east of the State Pier out to the Federal navigation Channel. The work will be done on or about 16 April, 2013 until approximately April 2014. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be dredges F. J. BELESIMO, BOBBY D & CAPTAIN A. J. FOURNIER, tugs EDNA, MISS YEVETTE & LUCINDA SMITH and scows EDDIE CARROLL, MIGHTY QUINN, SEI 2000 & JOE VERROCHI. All vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 16, 13 & 67. Mariners are requested to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 14/2013)

Narragansett Bay UUV Ops:
            Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Operations will be done near Dyer Island (Melville) and transit South through East Passage just outside the navigational channel. It will pass under the Newport Bridge and past Rose Island, remaining just outside the navigational channel. The vehicle will continue to transit south until it reaches Ft. Adams and the Dumplings, where it will be recovered. (Starting near 41d35.161'N 71d18.274'W and ending near 41d28.897'N 71d20.539'W). It will then move to the west of Dutch Island and travel south in a straight line down West Passage until it passes Beavertail. The vehicle will then transit past Whale Rock lighthouse where it will be recovered. (Starting near 41d30.315'N 71d24.611'W and ending near 41d26.306'N 71d24.611'W). The work will be done from April 15-19, 2013, 6:00 am-7:00 pm. On scene will be the R/V DISVOVERY & UUV that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM Week 15/2013)

NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations:
            NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson (S222) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout the area south of Long Beach and Hempstead Bay from approximately 20 March 2013 through 31 May 2013, from Gardiners Bay to Block Island from approximately 20 March 2013 through 31 May 2013, from Branford, CT to Greenport, NY from 20 March 2013 through 31 May 2013 and throughout Penobscot Bay, ME from 1 May 2013 through 31 July 2013.
            Thomas Jefferson is a 208-foot, white survey vessel and deploys two 31-foot, aluminum survey launches; survey vessels carry NOAA markings, can be identified on AIS, and will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. Survey operations will be conducted 24-hrs a day from the ship and from 0730 through 1800 with survey launches. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Thomas Jefferson will be restricted in her ability to maneuver. An overview of the survey area is shown below. Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship’s Field Operations Officer via phone at: 757-647-0187 or 808-434-2706; or via email at: ops.thomas.jefferson@noaa.gov. (First District LNM Week 11, 2013)

Crane Barge In East River:
            The Crane Barge Mia Forte Elsa (265’ x 50’) will be conducting pile load testing operations along the south face of Pier 17 (40.703944° -74.002546°) from Apr 12 to May 12, 2013. Work hours are Mon-Fri, 0700-1600. The crane barge will extend about 40 feet past the east face of Pier 17. (First District LNM Week 15/2013)

Crane Ops Harlem River:
            The WEEKS 533 Crane Barge (300’ x 90’) will be along the Manhattan shoreline north of the Broadway Lift Bridge (mile 6.8) (40.873280°-73.911209°) from Fri Apr 12 to Sun, Apr 14. On Apr 13 from 0700-1600 it will be lifting equipment to a hospital onshore. The Tug Shelby will be assisting. If unable to complete the work then the operations will take place the weekend of Apr 19-21. (First District LNM Week 14/2013)

New Aid to Mark Shoaling at Sandy Hook:
            The Coast Guard will be making the following changes to this waterway; Sandy Hook Lighted Shoal Buoy 11A (LLNR 35157): Establish in position approximate: 40-28-55.776N and 074-00-17.424W. Flash characteristic will be Fl G 4s. This aid with mark the north end of the shoal. (First District LNM Week 14/2013)
            The Coast Guard has received a report of Shoaling in the Sandy Hook Channel in between Sandy Hook Lighted Buoy's 11 (LLNR 35155) and 13 (LLNR 35165) along the south side of the channel in approximate position 40-28.930N / 074-00.340W. Mariners are urged to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM Week 14/2013)

NJ Coast Wave Glider:
            Liquid Robotics, Inc. will continue 24/7 autonomous, unmanned maritime vehicle (www.liquidr.com) operations from 4-Feb through 15-Jun-2013. Vehicle deployed 4-Feb-2013 in the vicinity of 40° 12.26' N , 70° 51.53' W to conduct scientific data collection operations. Operations consist of surveying this region and 39° 29.72' N, 71° 25.79' W for 2-3 week intervals making best speed while transitioning between them prior to recovery. Wave Glider is remotely operated, propelled under its own power, remotely attended from our Wave Glider Operations Center (WGOC), moving at speeds of ~1kt, and designed to "lose" should a conflict occur with any vessel. They are approximately 6.5' x 2' (surfboard size), black in color, with a contact plaque and mast extending 1 meter above the water surface supporting a flag. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area. For further information, authorities and mariners can contact Liquid Robotics 24/7 WGOC Operations at +1 408.636.4205, or email support@liquidr.com with your inquiries. (First District LNM Week 15/2013)

 


 

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